Monday, July 18, 2016

LP- Super Robot Wars Alpha 3: To the End of the Galaxy (Chapters 1-2)

 I have three memory cards full of SRW saves. Looking for the last Alpha 3 ones I had.


Settings: Normal mode (fourth playthrough), Cobray, default name and birthday (actually the first time I'm ever using a default birthday)

Unit name changed to Londo Bell.

Asteroid belt. Bright says they've gravitational anomalies have been recorded around here lately. Amuro notes that they haven't been this far away from Earth since the Balmar invasion (α1), which Bright says is thanks to GGG's boosters, which they're here testing.

Alarm: A gravity quake is detected ahead, and something massive (30km) warps out. The MS head out and find the crossgate.

And then the Exelion pops out of the crossgate.

The opening plays:
 It's been 200 years since mankind started going out into space. Blah blah Balmar War blah blah Ancestors blah blah Char tried to drop Orphan on Earth and we blew him up blah Ganeden blah.

In a mysterious place two mysterious people are talking mysterious stuff. ???1 reports that she's finished rewriting someone's personal data. ???2 says to make sure that it'll stand up to investigation, and also says he thinks what they should look out for are the Originator, Bet who's missing, and their comrades.  He says that if they meet Ayin his cover will be busted. Bet is still in the Earth sphere, and getting rid of her is a priority.???1 says that she'll see to it personally.

Back on the Ra Cailum, Astonage and Katz discuss the Exelion. The ship set off its reactor and made an artificial black hole; That it's totally unscathed is simply unthinkable. Kayra mentions that time had stopped for the people on the ship, too. Astonage is suspicious but gets back to work on the MP Nu Gundam anyway. It's supposedly for the new pilot joining Londo Bell at Ikaros Base.

Bright fills Tashiro in on the events of the last two years, and Exelion's vice captain says it's logically impossible that they survived. They discuss the ring. It's clearly artificial, which means something or someone created it and used it to save the Exelion, but why?

Chapter 1: Reincarnation from the Void
*Speaking of "void", 虚空 (which is also used in the Astranagant's theme, 虚空からの使者 "Emissary from the Void") is also the Japanese translation of the Hindu/Buddhist term Akasha. Just saying.

The Ra Cailum leaves, and someone else shows. He reports in to someone as Ayin, regarding the unexpected circumstances, and gets new orders to check out the object before coming into contact with Londo Bell.

Something starts to warp out of the ring, and Ayin loses control of his robot, which heads towards it.

"What is that, some sort of mobile weapon!? -There's existing data on it!? It's the missing Ast-"

He tries to take the thing with him but it suddenly starts moving and attacks him with its Infinity Cylinder. Both robots vanish into the light and are replaced by something new.

 ???: "Who am I? Where am I?"

M'gilah appear out of nowhere and attack ???. He calls his robot the Werkbau, surprising himself because he doesn't have any memories at all. He doesn't just know its name though- He knows how to use it too. If someone's attacking him, they're his enemy, and he'll destroy them.

After a bit of fighting, enemy reinforcements show up, as does the Ra Cailum, which had picked up energy readings and turned back.

Astonage calls out to the Werkbau. ??? says he doesn't know who he is, but Bright recognises him as Cobray Gordon, the new pilot who was supposed to join them at Ikaros. Cobray's amnesia has Londo Bell suspicious, but they decide to help him out anyway.

The enemy forces (by the time Londo Bell arrived it was only the fish-things so they don't realise that they were Balmar) are wiped out and Cobray boards the Ra Cailum, hoping they can help him regain his lost memories.

Astonage checks out the Werkbau, and can't figure it out at all. Weapons, energy source, weapons, everything. Yet it has similarities to PTs in its controls and weapons, so he isn't even sure if it's Earth-made or not. The tech used looks close to Aerogater stuff, though. Because it uses Earth tech too, he can't say it's definitely alien- It might be some top secret prototype using EOT. Anyway, there's only so much they can do- Astonage says they should leave the rest to GGG.

Torres reports to Bright, saying that the medical data, at least, says that Cobray is who he seems to be. He isn't faking his amnesia either Bright tells Cobray to recuperate on the ship. The Werkbau will be kept under Londo Bell's supervision. Cobray has no problems with that because he has a gut feeling that he should stay away from the Werkbau.

L5, Londenion colony. Judau and Seolla discuss Arado, who's still missing after Ganeden and all.

The Garden is mentioned as having fallen to Earth (that's where they're looking). Also, Kamille and Kou are on the Albion which is coming to Londenion. It's also mentioned Viletta had previously told Seolla that reports of sightings of unknowns were coming in from all over the globe.

Suddenly, Judau, Loux and Seolla are told to get into their machines: There's been a terrorist attack.

Chapter 2: A Sign in Blood

After a few terrorists are taken down, the Albion arrives with the Zeta, Dendrobium and other Zeta and 0083 people. Burning warns that the terrorists are a massive threat- They have nukes.

The terrorists launch their nukes, and Synapse orders you to shoot them down before they hit Plant. Nobody knows what he's talking about.

After one of the nukes is taken down the space fish show up, but so does the Ra Cailum.

One of the space fish charges the Ra Cailum, and Seolla heads over to stop it but jobs.

The Ra Cailum is hit and Cobray jumps into an MP Nu to protect the ship. Cobray wonders if the unknowns had followed them from the asteroid belt. Are they after Londo Bell? Or him, himself?

The remaining terrorists and space fish retreat after you get rid of the nukes and the terrorist ship, but Junius Seven is blown up anyway- The terrorists you had been fighting were a diversion. Judau is confused and Loux asks "what is a Junius Seven?".

Bright had heard of the Coordinators when investigating the colonies during CCA's plot, but had thought they were just some urban legend. Synapse says few had known of them because they'd cut off contact with the outside world, and Judau is amazed by the bad writing the fuckers are pulling here to shoehorn Seed into Alpha when the whole CCA thing in Alpha 2 was supposed to have resolved all conflict amongst humans on Earth.
"Wow, fuck Seed" (paraphrased)

GGG's Taiga orders the Albion and Ra Cailum to head over to point G3049.

Meanwhile, news of Junius Seven reaches Heliopolis but ONLY Heliopolis because talking about coordinators is taboo to everywhere else. Seriously.

The Albion and Ra Cailum rendezvous with GGG.

The UC people discuss the Seed bullshit on the Orbit Base. Why hadn't Plant ever been mentioned before? Because coordinators are taboo, DUH. Kamille talks about the history of coordinators and how they were a secret until George Glen told the world about them and wait how is it that the world got told about the fucking coordinators then magically forgot about them jesus fucking christ fuck seed fucking up alpha 3. 

Amuro says that because of all the attacks by aliens and non-Earth humans the Earthnoids are paranoid and it's not unthinkable that some might see the coordinators as a threat. Judau says that's retarded. Kamille is mad. Char despaired in humanity and tried to create a new age, and Kamille thinks this bullshit is basically shitting all over the events of α2.

Amuro says the federation might have been behind the terrorists, since nukes have been placed under much higher security ever since the Gp02. Kamille starts to think that Char might have foreseen all this.

Taiga and Reo interrupt the conversation because who gives a fuck about Seed, it's time to fight the 31 Machine Progenitors.

(It's explicitly stated that the 31 are the sources of all Zondarians. Hence progenitors. They're not just old or "primeval".)

Bright figures it's a bad time to ask GGG to check out the Werkbau and decides on leaving things as they are for now, but Cobray says that if they're that worried about the Werkbau they could just dispose of it. He has a bad feeling about it. Amuro feels Cobray is unstable. Bright asks if he's an artificial newtype* or coordinator, but all Amuro knows is that he has secrets.

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